Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The Perfect Cup of Coffee
Malaysia grows coffee. So one would think it was possible to get good fresh coffee beans, or ground coffee, right?
Not so easy. Not here in Sabah anyway. Well, maybe you can, but by the time it is being sold to you, the consumer, it is no longer just coffee. I did the rounds of all the supermarkets in our area looking for decent coffee - found shelves and shelves of instant stuff, and local coffee grounds - but alas, a look at the packet of the latter reveals that it includes everything from margarine to salt to as much as 40% sugar! And I don't take any sugar in my coffee. There's even a drink that is a mix of tea and coffee, if you can believe that. I'm sure there must be somewhere sells just coffee...it's a matter of finding it.
The photo was taken in the Sunday Market in downtown KK, with the girl trying to sell me coffee beans. Ah, I thought, at last. And then I took a closer look. They were all wet and shiny looking...margarine and salt and sugar had all been added. Sigh.
I'm a writer. I need my coffee.